MOONING

When will the moon shine like this again? I lift my wine cup, questioning the heavens.
Who knows – in the palace of the sky, time is kept, and told differently…
I want to glide back home on the wind, but the high jade turrets, the cold’s fierce clutch prevent me…
The dance illuminates the shadows – how can this be earth?
Light arcs over the mansion, drawing out long shadows, bending the silk doors.
I toss in bed fretfully – she glares through the blinds, refusing me sleep…
What have I done to offend her? Why is she always fullest at the moment of parting?
There is sorrow, there is joy, people come and people go; the moon is sometimes bright, sometimes a shadow, sometimes a sliver, sometimes too full –
This, too, is ancient, unfathomable. But wherever I am, wherever you are, there the moon shines.

– Su Dongpo, Song dynasty, trans. Judith Huang


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Poetry

Lovesong for a Calligrapher

Lovesong for a Calligrapher there is a boy, his fist a clump of lotus stalks gathered, and – an impulse – dipped in ink. I imagine the pond, sudden, stir – clear beads shaken, the Read more…

Poetry

Second Letter to Mama

Second Letter to Mama Dear Mama, you are standing by the stove and I am standing on the chair by the stove as the rice rises warmly in the clay pot the soy sauce stains Read more…

Poetry

Three poems about mental health published in COG

Three of my poems on the theme of mental health and the goodness of support from friends and family during trying times of mental illness were published in COG, the Cogswell College publication, here. Check Read more…